Of course their finding spots on the rosters come at a cost to other teams. Saturday Miami Marlins’ All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon dislocated his left thumb during the seventh inning of the Marlins’ game against the Cincinnati Reds. He was sliding into head first into first base, going for an infield hit. This is why you should never slide headfirst into first base, almost every time I have seen or heard of someone doing so they’ve been injured – remember Josh Hamilton just last season?
Luckily for the Marlins, Gordon’s x-rays were negative and there was no ligament damage. Hamilton’s injury did have ligament damage which requires surgery. So the Marlins won’t be without Gordon for too long. They’re hoping he’ll avoid the disabled list with the All-Star break as a buffer.
Unfortunately the injury will cost Gordon, who leads the the Majors in hits with 122, his first All-Star appearance. Not only that he was voted into the starting role.
It was announced shortly after Gordon left the game (he was replaced by a pinch runner) that the Colorado Rockies’ shortstop Tulowitzki will be replacing him in the All-Star Game and Tulo’s teammate second baseman DJ LeMahieu will start in Gordon’s place for the National League.
The announcement was also made Saturday that Minnesota Twins’ second baseman Brian Dozier will be taking the place of Toronto Blue Jays’ slugger Jose “Joey Bats” Bautista. Bautista has elected to skip the All-Star Game this year to rest and receive treatment on his shoulder, an injury that he has been playing through for weeks.
Jose Bautista, an outfielder, is a deserving All-Star as are starting second baseman from the Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve and reserve second baseman Jason Kipnis, who is having an MVP season for the Cleveland Indians. Dozier being left out of the All-Star game just didn’t seem right. He has been one of, if not the league’s best, second basemen for the last two seasons.
The news of Dozier being added to the roster came during the fourth inning of the Twins game against the Detroit Tigers via the PA announcer at Target Field. Dozier doffed his cap to the roaring crowd as he was shown on the big screen.
Both Tulowitzki and Dozier are among the very best in the Majors at their positions and even though it comes at the cost of injuries of their peers, it must have been meant to be because they deserved spots on the 2015 All-Star teams .